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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (July 12-16, 2021)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.



New Nintendo Switch eShop releases
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Nearly ten years after it debuted on the Nintendo Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gets an HD upgrade for the Switch.

Although it was acclaimed on release, the game now has a mixed reputation. A multitude of annoyances – mostly fixed for the upgrade – and divisive motion controls meant the game’s best moments were overlooked. But, its dungeons are among the best in the series, and its epic story is told with panache and humour. If the retooled control options are up to scratch, this underrated Zelda adventure will be a pleasure to revisit.


Induction is a simple game from a visual perspective, but don’t let that fool you. Bryan Gale’s abstract puzzler uses time manipulation and paradoxes across 50 increasingly complex conundrums. The game found an appreciative audience following its 2017 PC debut, and it should be a perfect fit for Switch owners who like small, intricate puzzle pastimes.

Other new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include Guild of Darksteel, Worms Rumble, and Lotus Reverie: First Nexus.

Here is the complete list of upcoming Switch games. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions.

Nintendo Switch eShop releases: July 12-16, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021

  • Fates of Ort

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • ASMR Journey – Animated Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Curved Space
  • Worms Rumble

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

  • 3D Air Hockey
  • Evolution: Climate
  • Induction

Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Arcade Archives Darwin 4078
  • Dark Nights with Poe and Munro
  • Defend the Kingdom
  • Escape From a Deserted Island ~ The Adventures of Nyanzou & Kumakichi: Escape Game Series ~
  • Junkyard Builder
  • Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
  • Lambs on the Road
  • Guild of Darksteel
  • Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well
  • Lotus Reverie: First Nexus
  • Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey
  • Our Battle Has Just Begun! episode 1
  • Red Colony 2
  • Risk System
  • Rogue Wizards
  • Wizodd
  • Word Crush Hidden

Friday, July 16, 2021

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
  • Ninja Fighter
  • Restless Night
  • Within the Blade

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